The Hermann Regional Economic Development Corporation (HRED) is an organization developed in 2013 by a group of individuals involved in the city of Hermann, either through owning a business, organization, or living in the town.
HRED works towards improving the town and ensuring it has a prosperous future. With the many challenges that face a small town, HRED is working to preserve Hermann’s image and to help conserve it for future generations. With this being said, the HRED’s goals include helping and keeping local talent in our city, help all new and pre-existing businesses, and effectively using our city’s space.
“There is a governing board for the HRED, which is where I take part,” Gasconade County R 1 Superintendent Tracy Hankins says.
HRED has supported many local businesses and events through donations obtained from business and individuals. In order to receive the money for their donations, they hold an annual Firecracker Raffle held on the 4th of July and in the spring, according to Hankins.
For those wanting to get involved with the HRED and their mission, the process is simple.
“Sit in on the meetings,” says Hankins. “For those looking towards an economics or business degree, this would be a great idea. Tourism is also a big part of it as well. It’s as simple as that.”